Chateau Bučovice

Bučovice Chateau is a completely unique example of Renaissance architecture in the Czech Republic. The Mannerist decoration in the interiors of the chateau and the stone fountain in the chateau arcaded courtyard, consisting of ninety columns with rich relief decoration, including 540 coats of arms, war motifs, mascarons, musical instruments and fantastic animals and creatures, are especially unique.

Information for visitors

Adress: Zámecká, Bučovice
GPS: 49.14921190, 17.00105140
Chateau Bučovice map

Interesting facts Chateau Bučovice

The builder Jan Šembera from Boskovice stood at the birth of the chateau, which is nicknamed the "pearl of Moravia". The area on which the castle stands is artificially modified and delimited by walls with bastions in the corners. The terrain was originally surrounded by a moat, which was partly preserved together with the forecourt, the castle and an ornamental garden, which underwent modifications in the 1960s.

The architectural concept and decoration were elaborated by Jacopo Strada, who also worked in Prague and Vienna, and whose plans were then made by Italian (or trained in Italy) artists, between 1575 and 1584.

Not only the architecture itself is what makes the Bučovice chateau a unique work. Also artistically elaborately decorated rooms, painted and stucco ornaments, scenes from ancient mythology and ancient history look spectacular and unique. For example, the Hare Hall is decorated on the ceiling with a mural depicting a world in which animals act like humans. In the chateau chapel, on the other hand, you will find church scenes depicting the life of the Virgin Mary and Christ. A remarkable sculptural work depicting the figure of Bacchus can be found in the courtyard of the castle.

In 1597, after Jan Šembera died, his daughter Kateřina, the wife of Maximilian of Liechtenstein, became the next owner of the chateau in Bučovice. At present, the castle is a state castle.

Author: Andrea Štyndlová